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The Rutgers football team won nearly every statistical category in its Big Ten opener against Iowa on Saturday, but the one area that the Knights (2-2, 0-1) faced a disadvantage in would be their downfall in an eventual 14-7 loss to Iowa (3-1, 1-0) at High Point Solutions Stadium.
AJ Blazek, the offensive line coach of the Rutgers football team, summarized his team’s first Big Ten opponent of the season in one word — toughness.The former Iowa center agreed with head coach Chris Ash’s assessment that the Hawkeyes were a program the Scarlet Knights could model themselves after, noting the grit they’re known for as a key component to their success.“You could be the most talented team in the country, and if your kids can’t take a punch and throw one back, you don’t stand a chance, especially in a league like (the Big Ten),” Blazek said after practice Tuesday.
When Chris Ash left his post as co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State to take the reigns of the Rutgers football program, he brought with him the spread offense from Columbus.At its core the spread is a no-huddle, hurry-up offense that is run exclusively out of the shotgun.
It was just an ordinary Tuesday practice for the Rutgers football team during the week leading up to its showdown with New Mexico.But for Darius Hamilton, it was much more than that.For the first time in over a year, the three-time captain on the defensive line wasn't sporting the No. 91 green practice jersey — indicating that he is a limited participant — that his coaches, teammates and the media had grown accustomed to seeing him in.Instead, the defensive tackle was matching the rest of his fellow Scarlet Knight defenders with a red jersey, taking part in a full practice for the first time since injuring his right knee — which caused him to miss all but a handful of snaps in the 2015 season — last training camp."No doubt," Hamilton said when asked if it meant something to him to be a full participant at practices again. "And those first two days were absolutely brutal.
Just over six minutes remained in the first quarter of the Rutgers football team’s matchup with New Mexico at High Point Solutions Stadium last Saturday when the visitors went for the first of three fourth-down conversion attempts they’d make throughout the contest.The Lobos led 7-0 after a muffed punt gave them a second chance on their first drive of the game and, knowing the Scarlet Knights' struggles in the first quarter of their first two games of the season, looked to pounce on their hosts while they had the momentum.But with just 1 yard to gain, New Mexico was stopped in its tracks, running back Tyrone Owens rushing for no gain as he was stuffed by junior nose tackle Sebastian Joseph and senior defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick at the line of scrimmage.The tackle was the second of five that Joseph collected on the day — less than half of what teammates Pinnix-Odrick and senior defensive tackle Darius Hamilton collected — but the standard stat didn’t take away from an outstanding performance. “Sebastian really showed up in the interior runs that we had to try to stop against New Mexico (and) had a big part to do with a critical fourth-down stop stop and again I think he played his best game," said defensive coordinator Jay Niemann.
Kirk Ferentz has been at the helm of the Iowa football team for quite some time — 18 years to be precise.The longest-tenured football coach in all of college football alongside Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops — who worked alongside Ferentz at Iowa when both were assistants throughout the 1980s — he won’t be leaving Iowa City any time soon after signing an extension to bring his contract to 2026.
Jay Niemann has spent a lot of time looking at linebackers throughout his life.The defensive coordinator of the Rutgers football team, he also serves as the position coach of the most inexperienced group on the team.
The Rutgers football team made its initiative to start fast on offense against New Mexico Saturday. But the results of the Scarlet Knights' first few drives against the Lobos' exotic defense were just the polar opposite of that.The Knights began the game with three consecutive three-and-outs, running nine plays for a total of 20 yards.
Another game, another erratic performance from junior Chris Laviano.And
for the first time this season, the Rutgers football team subbed out its starting quarterback late in a close game because of his inconsistent play. Through
four second-half drives to the 7:48 mark in the fourth quarter, the Knights had just three points to show for.
Here we go again.The four words circled around the minds of the 39,680 people watching the Rutgers football team fall into a deep deficit in the first quarter for the third week in a row, this time against New Mexico at High Point Solutions Stadium.
"It's an honor actually. The coach initially said it in the meetings and I was surprised. I thought it was a joke."
For the second consecutive week, the Rutgers football team got off to a slow start on the defensive side of the ball on Saturday.This time around it wasn't No. 8 Washington's gun-slinger Jake Browning and his stable of speedy wide receivers torching the Scarlet Knights' secondary, but rather Howard's read-option tandem of quarterback Kalen Johnson and running back Anthony Philyaw dashing around the Knights' first level of defense and through its secondary.On the first drive of the game the visiting FCS program drove the ball right down Rutgers' throat.
When Robert Martin first heard about Chris Ash’s vision for the Rutgers football team’s offense, he wasn’t afraid to show how he felt about it.“Rob Martin in a spread offense.... Need I say more lol....” was tweeted out by Martin the day of Ash’s introductory press conference, a multitude of ecstatic emojis following the four-dot ellipsis.
Again, when I talk about the list of playmakers, I've already mentioned Janarion and Rob Martin as two of them.
Exotic isn’t the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Albuquerque, New Mexico — the largest city in the Cactus State known better for the desert scenes in Breaking Bad and hosting the world’s most popular hot air balloon festival than as a vacation destination.
All eyes and most questions surrounding the Rutgers football team’s offense, as with most football programs, surround the situation behind center.
It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. But one thing it doesn’t consider is the start can be so bad, the finish can’t save it.The Rutgers football team started both of its games this season on the wrong foot, trailing at the end of the first quarter both times by a combined score of 38-7.What is the cause of these slow starts?“That’s a good question,” said defensive coordinator Jay Niemann.
Transfer Ahmir Mitchell has begun practicing with Rutgers this week.
Giovanni Rescigno’s 42-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Rutgers football team’s home opener against Howard was far from being the most important moment of the game.Though impressive — the sophomore quarterback stumbled, then shed five tackles before reaching the endzone — it just piled onto the already insurmountable lead the Scarlet Knights (1-1) had on their visitors, pushing it to 49-12 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game.But what the second snap of his collegiate career lacked in significance in the game, it made up for in its symbolism for Rescigno’s rapid rise up the quarterback ranks at Rutgers.The Warren, Michigan, native is now the back-up behind junior quarterback Chris Laviano, and that in itself is a big improvement over being an outsider for the position during the battle in both spring and fall camps."Gio is not far behind, I don't think,'' said offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer.
Chris Ash opened his weekly press conference before the Rutgers football team’s home opener last Monday by addressing his policy in addressing injuries — if it’s not long-term, it won’t be reported.The first-year head coach also rid of the injury report that came along with the weekly depth chart, another change he’s made in his short time on the Banks.So when he brought up injury in his opening statement a week later in the press conference previewing the Scarlet Knights (1-1) game against New Mexico this Saturday (noon, ESPNEWS), it shows the severity of it.Ash announced sophomore free safety Saquan Hampton, who did not play in the Knights 52-14 win over Howard in its home opener last Saturday, will be out for the “next few weeks.”“Injury update, again, not talking a lot about injuries, but one that will be out for a while is Saquan Hampton,” he said.